She was the only bender known to use a style based on a different root martial art than the standard for their bending art. In Ba Sing Se, Toph became angry when Sokka suggested that she needed help distributing fliers. After meeting Aang, Toph soon ran away in order to teach him earthbending, but also to escape her parents, who never granted her any real freedom.[1]. Toph was content with doing nothing and wanted to spend her days relaxing, much to Korra's annoyance. When first introduced, Toph brought a completely new personality to the group. Upon being introduced to the young airbenders, Toph revealed to them that their grandfather had been a "real pain in [her] butt". She quickly escapes and traps her captors in the same small cage. The two girls earthbent at each other, and Toph ran up the side of a wall, luring Yaling to the roof. Zuko, remarking he knew how villains thought from his past experience, was sure that Gilak would cheat and cut the rope bridge, so Sokka came up with a plan in case that would happen. The five of them returned to Toph's dwelling in the swamp, where Toph reminded Korra that she was not going to bend out the mercury, as it was something the Avatar needed to do herself. At her urging, Ty Lee attacked the other offender, though she could not overpower the large man. One day when she was 6 years old, Toph ran away, upset that she was essentially trapped in a cage. Telling Aang to stop reprimanding her like she was an Air Acolyte, Toph angrily stormed off to continue fighting her way. Refusing to let Aang destroy her father's refinery, Toph and her students confronted the Avatar. Convinced that she had to change and step outside her comfort zone, Toph reluctantly agreed to stand against Guan. Afterward, Toph heard her father giving his workers a motivational speech, remarking that while it was not as good as the ones she gave at her school, it was not bad. (June 2, 2006). Entering her father's office, Toph was once again told by him that he was not his daughter, as he had raised a poised, demure, obedient young woman. [32], Despite her tough exterior, Toph is not above warming up during intimate moments, as evidenced when she joined in group hugs with Team Avatar and held hands with Aang at the prospect of friendships lasting more than one lifetime. [7] On several occasions Toph appears picking her nose, spitting, and belching loudly. By the next day, Toph and the old man did some shopping, Toph even brings a kitten back to it's mother, and goes into a cave dungeon, and spots a wooden chair with some restrains. When they arrived at the academy, Toph caught her students leaving, but they excused themselves saying they had been kicked out. They went to extreme measures to protect her, including hiding her existence from the rest of the world, which resulted in very few people knowing that the Beifong family even had a daughter. [17], Due to her troubled past with her parents, Toph also exhibited a modernist attitude, believing that change is the key to progress. The foursome decided to postpone their rescue mission until the next day after Bolin reasoned that the most ideal moment to strike would be during the testing of the cannon, since Kuvira's desire to have all the troops and workers present would leave the factory mostly deserted. Infuriated even more by that comment, Lin snapped at Toph that growing up without a father and never even discussing him weighed heavily on her, though her mother waved it off by stating that those were all things of the past. Earthbending involves enduring attacks until the right opportunity to counterattack reveals itself, emphasizes "heavily rooted stances and strong blows that evoke the mass and power of earth", and demands precise stepping footwork to maintain constant contact with the ground. When Liling introduced Ru and Yaling to the group, Toph had a reaction to the sounds of their footsteps. Katara lamented the lackluster and tumultuous trip back home, but Sokka wondered what the Southern Water Tribe was even like before the war, concluding the idealistic vision Katara had of it never existed. "She died." As Korra dejectedly noted that Toph had tossed her around like a ragdoll the entire time, the elderly woman laughed heartily at it, urging the Avatar to imagine how it would have been if she would still have been in her prime, saying she would have destroyed Korra. Her parents expected their daughter to be well-mannered and proper due to their noble status in Earth Kingdom society, something with which Toph secretly disagreed, causing her to resent her parents' treatment.[1]. Katara and the Pirate's Silver characters, Major graphic novel characters (Legend of Korra), Toph Beifong's Metalbending Academy characters, The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion, The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse, EXCLUSIVE: Yang Continues "Avatar: The Last Airbender" in, "Comic Book Day: Join 'The Search' with Gene Luen Yang", Korra Creators on Book Four and Ending the Series - Channel Surfing Podcast, The Legend of Korra—The Art of the Animated Series, Book One: Air. Feeling a special connection to Cranefish Town, Toph resolved to stay there and help it grow and prosper into a city later known as Republic City.[28][29]. guyofthe90s your wrong.Toph yes probably did die in battle being she was the ' esteemed chief of police ' Sokka on the other hand was a councilman member so he couldnt have died in battle. This was shown when the gang traveled through the Si Wong Desert, where they were confronted by a group of sandbenders and she almost immediately recognized one as one of the sandbenders that kidnapped Appa the day before. [23] Due to her own strict upbringing, Toph raised the pair as a single parent with essentially no restrictions. Nickelodeon. When Kuvira entered the hangar, they all hid and overheard her conversation with Baatar Jr. and Zhu Li. Aang recalled the saboteur's claim about being hired by a pair of teenage girls, and Toph stated that Ru and Yaling were almost certainly the teenage girls in question. Toph said she had never been stupid enough to think she was better than him just because he was a nonbender. Image gallery (298) Both became desperate until noticing that the crococat had disappeared and stopped meowing. She noted that if they could find it in their hearts to not hate her, that would be enough for her. As Korra excitedly latched onto her, asking if Toph would be able to remove what Suyin could not, the elderly earthbender pushed her away, peeved about the fact that Korra even needed to ask about her abilities. Now knowing where to go, Toph was introduced to Juicy, though she immediately noted that the "leaky, nasty thing" smelled worse than Appa. Toph's parents view her blindness as a disability and therefore kept her concealed. Ironically, Toph displayed great mastery over the Light Chakra when she overcame the illusion of the division between natural earths and refined metals by her insight that the forging process would always leave small natural impurities, despite having never dealt with light in her life. When Sokka suggested charging tuition in order to be able to finance the school's expansion, Toph promptly refused, stating that her school was doing something innovative and important, something from which she did not want to profit by developing it into a business. [37] However, despite her many quirks, Toph showed that she was a quick learner,[39] and her courage and loyalty to her new friends seemed very stable. As Korra failed to return, Toph set out to search for her and found her sitting on a root while staring into the water. Now in the city, she infiltrates the Earth Kingdom Royal Palace, meeting Dai Li,[13] bonds with Katara,[14] encounters Jet and reunites with Appa. Position [1] Her knowledge of the art also allowed her to teach it to others like Aang, and later her daughters, Lin and Suyin. After the formation of Republic City, Toph was placed at the head of its law enforcement and became the city's first Chief of Police. They explained to Toph that Kuvira's subordinate Guan had refused to stand down and was planning as running for governor in the first democratic elections in the State of Gaoling. Mammano braced for her to die in The Legend of Korra episode "Operation: Beifong", though she survived and felt that as her final appearance in the series, "it was a great send-off, especially given her parting words. Toph's attitude toward the festival's celebrations did not improve during the next part of the ceremony, given that they were to walk toward a sacred meadow where they would eat a ceremonial, vegetarian meal. Coincidentally, Toph's earthbending style is rumored to have been created by a blind woman. Chief Toph was bloodbent by Yakone to unlock his chains. [54] While visiting a creepy village in the Fire Nation, Toph heard people screaming all the way from atop a mountain and everyone later deduced that that was where several prisoners were being held.[55]. The series' creators consulted a professional martial artist in the design of the show's fighting style. [13] In 124 AG, Toph commissioned a friend to illustrate her first encounter with Aang during Earth Rumble VI to include in a book the latter was assembling for his son, Tenzin.[30]. Toph Beifong (Chinese: 北方拓芙; pinyin: Běifāng Tuòfú) is a fictional character in Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, voiced by Jessie Flower in the original series and Kate Higgins and Philece Sampler in the sequel series. [37], Toph was well-educated in the manners and bearings of high society but deliberately chose to ignore them. Aang asked about these challenges, and Lao informed him that since Cranefish Town had no official government, he and other business owners had formed a committee known as the "Business Council" to manage the city's growth. The group took out Gilak's guards while Aang, Katara, Toph, Zuko, and Sokka suddenly jumped up and took out Thod and his disciples. Book Two: Earth (Spring 100 AG) Toph and Katara arrived at the now larger Earthen Fire Industries factory, where they were greeted by Satoru, who agreed to show them around. Toph eventually set out to roam the world in search of enlightenment[13] before settling down in the Foggy Swamp.[14]. Toph also began to travel the world to teach metalbending to other earthbenders, founding an academy for the art near the former Fire Nation colonial city of Yu Dao. She later admitted to her children that, while she knew she had not been the best parent, she was proud of the women they had become. She was pointed in the direction of her father's office by Satoru, who quickly joined her to guide her to him himself. Toph loved battling and took great pride in her earthbending skills. The concept of neutral jing relates to the philosophy of "sticky hands". However, after two unsuccessful attempts to get the pupils to bend, Toph gave up and confessed to her friend her feeling of failure as she was trying to make her students something they were not; she stated her intention to surrender on the day of the battle. Toph walked Korra through her visions, stating that Amon wanted equality for all, Unalaq brought the spirits back, and Zaheer believed in freedom. When Old Iron realized the metalbenders were responsible for the removal of his armor and targeted them, Toph told her students to run while she would hold him off. Despite Toph's hatred for rules, she likes being in a position to enforce them, having founded and led Republic City's police force. [46] At the reunion in the Jasmine Dragon after the passing of Sozin's Comet, she made a joke about Sokka's drawing, saying that she thought everyone looked perfect. When she learned that the Acolytes did not fully defend themselves because they were following the precepts of Air Nomad philosophy, she got mad and told them to care more about the present than the past, lest they would have no present to care about anymore. Toph appears in the fourth-season episode "Korra Alone", having made a home in the sacred spirit wilds of the Foggy Swamp where Aang's reincarnation, Korra, encounters her. Metal is derived from ore, which is found in the earth. [34], Despite her lack of actual sight, her remaining senses, primarily her sense of touch and hearing, were especially acute, allowing her to use her seismic sense to remarkable levels. The following day, Korra asked Toph to help her get back into Avatar fighting shape, as she was currently in no condition to help the world, which she believed to need her. Satoru asked if she was telling him not to feel guilty about what he had done, and she agreed. Initially worried her students are not capable of being metalbenders, they surprise her with their victory over Kunyo and his firebending students, renewing her confidence in them[17] and she participates in the battle for Yu Dao. Her encounter with Iroh, however, taught her that Aang, Katara, and Sokka cared for her because they were friends, not because her blindness made them feel obligated to do so.[36]. Toph became infatuated with Satoru and enthusiastically agreed to form a partnership with him and the Earthen Fire Refinery. They went to extreme measures to protect her, including hiding her existence from the rest of the world, which resulted in very few people knowing that the Beifong family even had a daughter. The foursome was attacked by air rings, though Toph was able to dodge the one targeted for her with an earthen wall, which she used to launch several attacks at the Avatar. Toph agreed, and Yaling told her the password. Uncle Iroh is without a doubt one of the most beloved characters in not just animation, but perhaps all of entertainment. Sokka elaborated on the plan Gilak proposed: While Team Avatar and Gilak's army would remain on either side of the bridge, Thod and his two disciples would cross over to chi block all Team Avatar's benders, and as soon as Hakoda would start to walk across, Gilak would send over Earth King Kuei. as a result of the upgrades, machines and nonbenders were able to do all the work in the factory, and some bender employees were subsequently let go in order to save money. This section needs to be expanded in order to include a summary of her history in the Spring of 100 AG. Overjoyed that his beloved pet was alright, The Boulder earnestly thanked Toph, but also requested that she kept The Pebble a secret. Her demeanor switched to annoyance, however, when Bolin started to hysterically squeal and hop up and down over being in her presence, and she abrasively asked him if he needed to use the bathroom. [18], In The Rift trilogy, Toph encounters her father for the first time since the series,[19] though he refuses to acknowledge her as his daughter. [4], Toph was favored by the creators to return in The Legend of Korra after the appearances of both Katara and Zuko, DiMartino writing that it "never quite made sense" for there to be a trip to the swamp, where she was located, during the third season. Due to her time as a competitor and champion of earthbending tournaments, she was an expert in verbally taunting and insulting her opponents and, on occasion, her friends, particularly Sokka. She stayed behind with Baatar and Huan, though when the former tried to make small talk, addressing her as "mother", she quickly shut him down by reminding him that he should never address her as such. Toph told him not to get his hopes up, declaring she had had enough of political shenanigans and that she preferred the swamp, as predators there were at least honest about wanting to eat someone. Upon being asked if she was the person Korra was supposed to find, Toph merely stated that if Korra was led to her by her Avatar senses, she probably needed to listen to them. When Korra succeeded to bend all the residual mercury out of her system, Toph enclosed it into a rock and complimented the Avatar on her achievement. As the group arrived in Zaofu, Toph joined her family, Korra, and Kuvira for a meal. Season 2. The following day, after Opal alerted them that the demonstration was about to start, Toph, Lin, and Bolin burrowed themselves a tunnel toward the underground cavern where the Beifong family was being held captive. By 174 AG, Toph resided in the Foggy Swamp, where she one day found Korra passed out in a pool of mud. Toph overheard the captain whispering to his troops to sink the ship and attacked. She learned that the scientist had run away from home and, after hearing his story, said he was not a "sniveling flunky" as he claimed for not confronting his uncle. Toph nonchalantly disregarded her loss, though Suyin told her that the situation was not funny given that Guan had outright stolen the election and used the Earth King to help him do it. 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